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Next Generation Access Networks;
Unleashing the potential for the citizen and the economy

Thursday, June 17th 2010

09:00-09:30 Arrivals and Registration


Dr. Leonidas Kanellos, EETT President

Mrs Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission & Commissioner for the Digital Agenda
(recorded message)

Inaugural Speech
Mr. Demitrios Reppas, Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks

Political Parties’ Representatives

  • Mr. Stavros Kalafatis, Member of the Greek Parliament, Nea Dimokratia / Responsible for the Department of Transport & Communications
  • Mr. Makis Papadopoulos, Member of KKE’s Central Committee, Responsible for the Finance Department
  • Mr. Aggelos Kolokotronis, Member of the Greek Parliament, Representative of LAOS
  • Mr. Tasos Kourakis, Member of the Greek Parliament, Representative of Syriza
  • Mr. Yannis Tsironis, Representative of Ecogreens, Coordinator of the Executive Committee
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-13:30 Session 1: The Next Generation is here; lessons from the pioneers
Next Generation Access networks promise to reshape electronic communications, in a way that underpins innovation, empowers the consumer and promotes a Green economy. However, setting the roadmap is a major challenge under the current economic crisis. This session will present success stories of broadband deployment and best practices at national, regional or local level (France, Sweden, Singapore etc.).

Coordinator: Professor Ioannis Tzionas, EETT Member

  • Mr. Clément Verhille, Director of Concessions, Covage
    “NGA Business Models: The Singapore case.”
  • Mr. Bertrand Caparroy, Vice President, Seine et Marne Department
    “Open access to fibre optic networks: The French experience.”
  • Mr. Crister Mattsson, Director of the Swedish Broadband Alliance
    «ICT-Ιnfrastructure for Society : Βest practices of City Networks»
  • Mr. Christos Bouras, Professor, University of Patras & RACTI
    “NGAs and the Green Economy”
  • Mr. Mikael Ek, CEO, Swedish Urban Networks Association
    “Broadband as a social good for local communities”
13:30- 15:00 Lunch break
15:00- 16:30 Session 2: Business models for NGA deployment
Which business models are more appropriate for NGA deployment in Greece? Which is the role of the public sector and of private investors? What are the challenges for the electronic communications service providers? Which are the catalysts for the development of new networks, services and content in a customer-centric and competitive market?

Coordinator: Mr. Michalis Sakkas, EETT Vice President

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Sokratis Katsikas, General Secretary for Communications
“The National Strategy for Broadband deployment.”

Mr. Panagis Vourloumis, President & CEO, ΟΤΕ

Roundtable discussion

Friday, June 18th 2010

09:00-09:30 Arrivals



Keynote Speech
Mr. Nikos Sifounakis, Vice Minister of Infrastructure, Transport & Networks

10:15-12:15 Session 3: Regulating NGAs; encouraging investment while fostering competition
NGA Networks change the competitive landscape and introduce new regulatory challenges. Innovation and investment, particularly in NGAs, need to be encouraged without however tolerating market distortion. How do regulators across Europe (France, Italy, Portugal) address such issues? What will be the impact of the new regulatory framework on new network infrastructure and services? What will be the consequences for the consumers?

Coordinator: Mr. George Papapavlou, EETT Member

Keynote Speaker:
Mr. Reinald Krϋeger, Head of Unit B.5, DG Information Society and Media, European Commission
“The European NGA policy from the perspective of the Article 7 consultation mechanism”

  • Mr. Reinaldo Rodriguez, President, Regulatory Authority of Spain (CMT) and BEREC Vice-Chair
    “The BEREC opinion on regulating access to NGA networks”
  • Mr. Jose Manuel Amado da Silva, President, Regulatory Authority of Portugal (ANACOM)
    “The experience of NGA deployment in Portugal”
  • Mr. Nicolas Curien, Commissioner, Regulatory Authority of France (ARCEP)
    “Making an NGA environment contestable: the French high speed connection”
  • Mr. Enzo Savarese, Commissioner, Regulatory Authority of Italy (AGCOM)
    “Broadband access to digital content”
  • Mr. Peter Alexiadis, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    “The Commission’s NGA Recommendation: a critique”
12:15-12:30 Coffee break

Session 4: Unveiling opportunities of mobile broadband
What are the main drivers and strategic decisions necessary, in the promotion of mobile broadband development? How are issues such as longevity of investments and social benefits addressed in this context? What is the role of mobile broadband in promoting economic growth and bridging the gap between the centre and the periphery?

Coordinator: Professor Constantine Delikostopoulos, EETT Member

  • Mr. Richard Feasey, Public Policy Director, Vodafone Group
    “Enabling the Broadband Revolution”
  • Mr. Torbjorn Nilsson, Senior Advisor to Ericsson CEO & Group
    “How to make the most of mobile broadband”
  • Ms. Eirini Nikolaidi, General Director Competition, Legal Services & Regulatory Affairs, Cosmote
    “Mobile broadband in Greece: prospects and challenges”
  • Mr. Dimitris Politopoulos, CΕΟ, Cosmoline
    “Mobile broadband through Wi-max infrastructures”
  • Mr. Christodoulos Protopapas, Chairman, European Satellite Operators Association
    “Satellite Next Generation Broadband Networks”
14:00- 15:00 Lunch break
15:00-17:00 Session 5: Digital Switchover; NGAs in the era of converged media
The digital switchover changes the broadcasting landscape, further enhancing the convergence of electronic communications and mass media. What strategic and policy choices are needed to unlock its full potential and how can we maximize its benefit for the economy and the society? Other countries experiences (Ireland, Cyprus).

Coordinator: Mr. Angelos Syrigos, EETT Vice President

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Polys Michaelides, Commissioner of Telecommunications and Postal Regulations (OCECPR -Cyprus)
“Digital transition: the Cyprus case”

  • Ms. Oonagh O’Reilly, International Unit, Regulatory Authority of Ireland (Com Reg)
    “Telecommunication and Mass Media convergence: the Irish Approach”
  • Mr. Martin Cave, Director, Centre for Management under Regulation (CMuR)
    “Digital dividend: social benefits and regulatory considerations”
  • Mr. George Gampritsos, President & CEO, ΕRΤ
    “The digital strategy of the Greek public radio-television”
  • Mr. George Mathios, General Director, Digea
    “The digital strategy of the Greek private mass media”
  • Mr. George Stefanopoulos, General Director, Greek Mobile Operators Association
    “Mobile communications in a converged environment”

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